Fields of Concentration

The standing fields of concentration include American Politics (AP); Comparative Politics (CP); International Political Economy (IPE); and International Security and Foreign Policy (ISFP).   The candidate must satisfy two of these four standing fields by completing four courses in each of the two selected fields and passing a written  and oral qualifying examination.  The student may satisfy the third field by completing three courses in one of the four fields, or may propose another customized field of study to be approved by the relevant faculty and the PhD Program Director and Steering Committee.  For example, students can design a third field that cuts across disciplinary boundaries or focuses on specific areas of political science and international relations beyond the standing fields.  The Guidelines and Program Director can provide illustrations of this type of third field. Links to each field can be found below and on the navigation tabs to the left:

American Politics

Comparative Politics

International Political Economy

International Security and Foreign Policy

Customized Third Field

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